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Simon Wessely's Warped Mind Strikes Again

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by Hip, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. Firestormm

    Firestormm Guest

    Cornwall England
    You are not wrong Holmsey. Just providing a little context.
  2. Jarod

    Jarod Senior Member

    planet earth
    Sociopaths at the bare minimum. :eek:
  3. Shell

    Shell Senior Member

    Narcissitic Personality Disorder:p If they have to make up dx let's stick one on'em.
  4. Holmsey

    Holmsey Senior Member

    Scotland, UK
    I suspect we'd be somewhat underwhelmed by what S.W. and other would term 'mass hysteia', I watched it being 'induced' on television once, I'm probably wrong with this as it was years ago but I think it may have been the Royal College Christmas Lectures.
    They prepared the episode by telling the audience that they were about to revel the worlds most potent scent, there was the usual dressing it up as one thing while it being quite something else, including anouncing the scent concentrate belonged to some company like Channel and having it brought in by two security guards.
    The audience were told that the lecture was about how fast minute particles travel in air and upon removing the cap anyone who was aware they could smell it should immediately put up their hand.
    I'm sure there would be some who didn't but most of the audience did, only then was it revealed that the container had nothing more than water within it and that the episode was induced by suggestion.
  5. alex3619

    alex3619 Senior Member

    Logan, Queensland, Australia
    Suggestion and hysteria are not the same. That was Charcot's mistake, and Freud copied it. Most cases of "hysteria" have profound reproducable physical symptoms, which to my mind makes it unlikely its a mental issue. Most cases appear to be misdiagnosis. In the remaining few, its a guess at best. Mass suggestion does not produces mass copies of the same pathophysiology - I have never seen evidence of this. Bye, Alex

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